Posts on the Egypt Foreign Policy Blog

March 1, 2009

I have been neglecting this blog a bit and have been posting more on the Egypt Foreign Policy blog. If you really want to hear me rant you can check out the blog here.


Breaking News: “The Human Side of Hosni Mubarak”

February 20, 2009

Breaking front page news from Wednesday’s edition of the oldest Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram.

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‏ موقف إنساني للرئيس مبارك

‏تعرض المصور الفوتوغرافي أحمد عفيفي المرافق للرئيس مبارك في زيارته للبحرين إلي حادث بسيط خلال مراسم توديع الرئيس في مطار البحرين‏,‏ حيث تعثر وسقط علي الأرض وأصيب بجرح قطعي فوق حاجبه‏.‏

وقد بادر الرئيس مبارك بالتوجه إليه علي الفور للاطمئنان عليه‏,‏ وطلب من مرافقيه معالجته والاطمئنان عليه حتي استقل الطائرة عائدا إلي القاهرة‏.‏

One of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s photographers fell and got a cut above his eyebrow; Mubarak rushed over to help him and called for backup. So happy to see the president’s “human side.”


Ayman Nour Released

February 19, 2009

Check out Matt Axelrod’s post on the release of Egyptian politico Ayman Nour at the Foreign Policy Association Egypt Blog.

I also have a post, albeit a little less interesting, on traffic accidents in Egypt.


On the NYTimes Article

January 29, 2009

So there has been some debate about the NYTimes article “Revolution, Facebook-style” which I posted about below and on the Foreign Policy Egypt Blog. Semi-Expert has taken issue with the article here for being what he calls “social pornography.” I am not about to criticize a Georgetown professor (I mean that respectfully-seriously), but I do agree that he is being a little harsh.  I think he makes some interesting points about how articles like this paint Westerners’ perceptions of political and social issues in countries like Egypt, and he is not really incorrect in his criticisms but just maybe a little too critical.

The fact is that for the average New York Times reader, this is an informative piece touching upon a number of important political and social issues facing Egypt today. I think the positives here outweigh the issues Semi-Expert raises. And that fact that Ms. Shapiro does not speak Arabic to me is trivial, even if the “bint” issue was completely missed. While it would be nice if journalists were better linguists, being someone who does speak Arabic relatively well, I think it is unfair to discredit a whole article on this point.


Facebook and Blogging in Egypt from the NYTimes Magazine

January 26, 2009

Here’s my newest post on the Foreign Policy Association Egypt blog.

It’s about Samantha M. Shapiro’s article titled Revolution, Facebook-style in this weekend’s edition of the New York Times Magazine.


“Revive la resistance”

January 4, 2009

Here’s an interesting article by Nathan Field discussing what is going on in Gaza right now and its implications for Egypt and the region. I think  in regards to Egypt it is especially interesting to note the differences between what the Egyptian government does i.e. Hamas and Israel, how the Egyptian people feel about it, and what the Arab media is saying about it.


Foreign Policy Blog Egypt Year in Review 2008

December 17, 2008

We’ve just put up our 2008 Year in Review for the Egypt Foreign Policy Blog.

You can check it out here: http://egypt.foreignpolicyblogs.com/2008-year-in-review/


On Egypt and Iran

December 10, 2008

An interesting article from the new UAE paper The National on Egyptian-Iranian relations and the relative influence of both countries on the region.


New Post on FPA Egypt Blog: 84% of Egyptians Believe Obama’s Election Will Not Change US Policy Towards Arabs and Muslims

December 1, 2008

I have a new, brief post on the Foreign Policy Association Egypt Blog. It’s an interesting tidbit and probably not a surprise to most of you, but I thought I’d share a piece of news from a prominent Egyptian newspaper.

You can read the post here.


Foreign Policy Association Egypt Blog

November 27, 2008

I am going to be doing some blogging for the Foreign Policy Association’s Egypt Blog.

This is the url: http://egypt.foreignpolicyblogs.com/. My first post is titled : Egypt’s Exporting of Gas to Israel not Likely to Change.